As tensions rise between India and Pakistan, the country’s Border Security Force (BSF) said it will not exchange sweets with Pakistan Rangers at Wagah border this Diwali.
The decision to break a year-long tradition comes amidst the on-going conflict between the border forces since Uri attack that killed 18 Indian soldiers.
BSF officials said the new decision was part of the force’s protest against the growing incidents of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC), media reports said.
After Uri attack and India’s retaliation, ceasefire violations are a daily norm along the LoC and international border.
In a recent attack, an Indian soldier was killed by terrorists in an attack on Friday near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Offcilas said the India Army has reportedly destroyed four Pakistani posts, vowing revenge for the killing of 27 years old Indian soldier, Sepoy Mandeep Singh.
The terrorists, who were given cover fire by Pakistan army, crossed the Line of Control in Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Kashmiron Friday night, media reported.
In a similar incident of departing from tradition, BSF had avoided the exchange of sweets and gifts between the border forces during the Independence Day functions of both countries last year.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 25th edition of Mann Ki Baat radio address, lauded the efforts of soldiers and requested everyone to dedicate this Diwali to their valour.
He also thanked people for sending Army soldiers messages through the hashtag #Sandesh2Soldiers.
“From last few months our jawans (soldiers) are sacrificing their lives, we should celebrate this Diwali in their name,” Modi said.
He also added thatevery citizen of India was proud of their soldiers for their efforts and courage.